The Residential Centre is made up of 3 dormitories, an office, a staff/volunteer house, a nurses room, a kitchen and a class room. The centre can house up to 75 children. The basis for the Residential Centre is a place for children to live who cannot be reunited with their families. Some of the reasons for failed re-union includes Addiction with core family members, orphaned children, and basic needs, such as food not being met. These children are provided with a safe place to live at the Residential centre. In addition all the children at the Residential Centre are required to attend school. About half of the children are in Primary School while the other half is in Secondary School. Both of the schools are walking distance to the centre. The children are also provided extra educational support at the centre to supplement government school weaknesses.
There are many projects at the Residential Centre which help move the centre towards self sustainability. At every opportunity Sunrise of Life moves towards improving these projects and making them more efficient. Projects at the Residential Centre include a Milk Cow Project which includes 4 cows, a Garden Project, a Chicken Project including 100 chickens and a new Goat Project including 6 goats. The Goat Project is the newest addition to the farm projects at the centre. This project was sponsored in part by a Rotary Club in America and in part by generous individual donors. The goats are milked twice a day providing the children with a healthy diet. In addition the extra milk is sold to the local market and the revenue returns to the operations of the centre. The Milk Cow project is run in much the same way. Each year the cows are bred and the new male calves are sold to the local market when they are ready.
A very new recent development at the Residential Centre is a Girls Dormitory. Girls on the streets is becoming an apparent issue to the organization and as such we are targeting this population as well. At the Residential Centre there are now 6 girls. Currently the Girls are staying in the staff house but as the numbers increase it is becoming ever apparent to have a separate dormitory for the girls. As such an existing room attached to the Centre Classroom is currently undergoing renovations. 6 bunk beds will be placed in this room facilitating beds for 12 girls. The Childcare Worker or the Matron will live in with the girls in a separate room within the dormitory and provide them with ongoing support.